Greater Profile: Ingrid Hart & The Humboldt Honey

When Humboldt State College journalism main, Ingrid Hart, created the Humboldt Honey in 1983, she had no thought the younger lady pictured sporting the uniform we’ve all come to know as a part of the tradition of hashish would trigger such a stir, or proceed to be related to at the present time.

Within the early 80s, posters posing the questions “Are you a Nerd?” or “Are you a Valley Woman?” had been doing the identical factor, detailing the wardrobes of a nerd from the movie Revenge of the Nerds, or Moon Unit Zappa’s one hit surprise, Valley Woman, inspiring Hart to carry the Humboldt Honey to life, posing the query, “Are you a Humboldt Honey?”

“I created the poster of the younger lady for myself, and by no means deliberate on printing multiple for my very own room,” she defined. “At the moment I didn’t learn about press runs and that one poster would value as a lot to print as one thousand, so I had the minimal printed at a thousand copies.”

Whereas most in the neighborhood understood the uniform, the conservative faction of Humboldt County, comprised of the lumber and fishing industries, had been appalled. How may somebody glorify a personality from the drug group? Every little thing they fought in opposition to and hated concerning the hashish group was represented on this one picture of a hippie lady, they usually weren’t blissful about it.

On April 17, 1983, Humboldt’s every day newspaper, the Instances-Commonplace, put the poster on the entrance web page above the fold, serving to it to promote out in lower than two months. Hart had distributed it to about 15 retailers across the county at 4 {dollars} every, with the intention of constructing it inexpensive for college students.

“Sam Blackwell did a narrative for the Instances-Commonplace,” she continued. “When the story ran my vibration was so excessive the posters ran out shortly and everybody needed extra. Then the nasty grams began and I obtained numerous hate mail. I’m an intuitive, delicate individual and it actually affected me.”

She agreed to an interview on a radio station she was unaware leaned conservative, and was bullied reside on air by callers hating on her Honey.

In these days there weren’t any cell telephones, with cellphone quantity listings printed in a bodily cellphone e-book given free to each family with a landline. Hart mentioned she ended up having to disconnect her cellphone to cease the calls.

“I shut the entire thing down,” she mentioned. “I simply couldn’t cope with the unfavourable vitality surrounding her. It was simply an excessive amount of for me. In my thoughts, she was a constructive drive to be reckoned with, not one thing to be hating on.”

Within the 40 years because the first printing, Hart mentioned she’s barely earned a penny from the Humboldt Honey, who she has by no means marketed or merchandised since she arrived on the scene in 1983. Albeit, apart from one store in Humboldt who has sat on a stack of posters for years, promoting just a few right here and there as a novelty for vacationers.

“After 40 years, this can be a present I’m giving again,” she surmised. “I by no means needed to earn money off of her, that might go in opposition to all the pieces she represents and that I consider in. You possibly can see it in her garb—she’s not a sell-out.”

Courtesy of Ingrid Hart

The Topic

As a journalism main at Humboldt State College, Hart’s Honey mirrored a lot of herself and her values, shared by what the younger lady was holding, studying, and subsequently advocating. 

Hart had studied every piece on the younger lady, making a prototype together with her roommate first, then searching for out somebody in the neighborhood to function within the poster.

Her topic, Leoni Nicol, was present in entrance of the previous quonset hut that was the primary Arcata Co-op, within the Humboldt metropolis often known as 60s by the Sea. The picture was shot by native photographer, Patrick Cudahy, as technically his first industrial shoot.

Nicol was from Scotland and was simply passing by means of city. We may assume she might have been a Trimmagrant, one of many hundreds of younger individuals who comply with the rising season, trimming hashish flower for cash as they journey by means of the Emerald Triangle.

She wasn’t dressed as a Humboldt Honey when Hart discovered her. As an apart, Nicol had been a part of British punk band, The Molesters. In accordance with an article penned by Kevin Hoover, of the weekly, the band’s single can nonetheless be heard on-line at

“What she’s sporting represents what all of us consider in, and what I believed in on the time and nonetheless do,” Hart mentioned. “She even has Liberty Caps in a velvet pouch her bag, as a result of I too was experimenting with psilocybin mushrooms on the time.”

As one other reflection of the instances, the hits of mushrooms had been dubbed Liberty Caps, as they had been mentioned to liberate your thoughts. How ironic that the psychoactive mushrooms at the moment are being extensively accepted within the U.S. and all over the world as drugs, used as a reset for a bevy of psychological issues, together with despair. Proving additional that our Humboldt Honey continues to be related at present.

The Anatomy of the Humboldt Honey

You possibly can nonetheless discover the Humboldt Honey within the hills of Humboldt County, however her presence isn’t restricted or confined to tending weed throughout the fertile redwood soil in Northern California. 

Around the globe there are progressive communities who nonetheless aspire to the norms and beliefs of the Nineteen Sixties, by which she was spawned. 

You’ll discover the Humboldt Honey and her counterparts at The Farm in Tennessee; in Austin, Texas with its patch of blue in a sea of purple; within the State of Vermont—mentioned to be the Humboldt County of the east coast; within the south of France in Marseille, the place they develop among the most interesting weed within the nation (became the best hash); and in Amsterdam, the place the Excessive Instances Cup was launched in 1988, simply 5 years after the Humboldt Honey made her debut.

“She’s actually about consolation and the farming life,” Hart mentioned. “You get up within the morning and it’s chilly, so that you layer. Because the solar comes up, you peel off the layers. This look is all about practicality. However, she’s additionally making political statements of the instances.”

Her layers are manufactured from hemp and cotton. Her No Nukes t-shirt is a part of her private perception system. On her head is Bobby McGee’s soiled purple bandana, made well-known by the track, “Me & Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin. The button on her fringed hippy vest warns, Query Authority—one thing we’re nonetheless doing at present the place hashish is anxious.

Excessive Instances would have somewhat she maintain a duplicate of its iconic journal, however this honey is studying Rolling Stone, Mom Earth Information, Mom Jones, and the e-book, The Electrical Kool-Support Acid Check, by writer Tom Wolfe; whereby he particulars his acid-laden, cross-country journey within the notorious transformed faculty bus, Additional, with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters.

And, in fact, she’s holding a joint full of Humboldt’s most interesting weed.

“Beloved plant drugs opens our Sixth Chakra and fills our minds and hearts with concepts and potential prospects,” Hart surmised. “I in all probability wouldn’t have created this iconic being if a veil hadn’t have been lifted from my consciousness whereas in Humboldt. As a result of my life earlier than Humboldt was fully totally different from the life I discovered to the north.”

Hart’s Humboldt Calling

Hart was born in Brazil, however the household moved to america and the conservative enclave of Orange County, California, when she was simply seven years previous.

“I liked the seaside, however my third eye wasn’t opened up in Southern California,” she laughed. “I grew up within the 80s, within the time of Reagan—it was known as the me era—with an attachment to designer labels; the significance of what sort of automobile you drove, how huge was your own home, and what neighborhood you lived in. I grew up in a materialistic society in SoCal.”

After highschool she first studied at Orange Coast Group School (OCCC), writing for the school paper, as a options author, penning human curiosity tales.

“I first smoked hashish in faculty—truly, after I met Sailene Ossman,” she defined. “We each labored at Hamburger Hamlet and we’ve been pals ever since. We did a number of magic mushrooms collectively, made leis for our hair with flowers, wore dayglow colours and listened to Jefferson Airplane. She got here as much as Humboldt with me to take a look at the college, and we each fell in love with its various way of life. It felt like we got here house for the primary time being there.”

Ingrid and Sailene Ossman “tripping the lights improbable” on Liberty Caps (psilocybin mushrooms) circa 1981 / Courtesy of Ingrid Hart

The 2 ended up attending the long-lasting North Nation Honest on the Plaza in Arcata, nonetheless run by the “Identical Previous Individuals,” based in 1974, and nonetheless persevering with at present on the third weekend in September. There they bought two old-school, cannabis-laden chocolate brownies out within the open in the midst of the occasion.

“There was meals, music, and everybody was dancing,” she recalled. “It was a magical place and nonetheless is at present. We had been amazed that we may purchase a pot brownie like that. It was a special world, however one we had been anxious to be part of.”

Ossman would go on to ascertain Venice Seaside, California’s first hashish supply service. At present, she owns the Brewja Elixir in Joshua Tree, California, serving up CBD and natural elixirs. Ossman has additionally penned a e-book on CBD Cocktails (Cider Mill Press, April 2020).

“I knew I’d fall in love with the rivers, the ocean, and the redwoods,” Hart added. “However, I used to be additionally enthusiastic about residing in a spot that had the next vibration with the plant, grown with love. And one factor I bear in mind is, I by no means had to purchase weed in Humboldt, as a result of it was in every single place.”

Except for a level in journalism from Humboldt State College, Hart would go on to acquire a grasp’s diploma in cultural spirituality from Holy Names College in Oakland, California. She’s additionally licensed as a Aware Ageing Facilitator from the Institute of Noetic Sciences. 

As an writer, Hart gained an award for penning the e-book, My Yr in California: A Journey Towards Midlife Renewal, detailing one yr spent in California Metropolis, an experimental improvement from the Nineteen Seventies, that Hart known as, “a life affirming journey.”

The Humboldt Honey commemorative poster can be accessible January 1, 2023, offered at $25 every, nonetheless conserving it inexpensive, because the Honey would have needed.

“Humboldt was a cheerful and carefree time for me,” she concluded. “The Humboldt Honey was a defining second amongst many moments in Humboldt that might outline my life, and nonetheless influences my life at present. Many individuals say they left their coronary heart in San Francisco, however I left my coronary heart firmly planted 5 hours north of the town by the bay in Humboldt, the place the spirit of the Humboldt Honey nonetheless lives at present.”

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